Drinking Alcohol May Significantly Enhance Problem Solving Skills

By |2016-08-19T17:25:52+00:00August 19th, 2016|Categories: Learning, Productivity|Tags: , , |

Researcher found that people who drank alcohol and had a blood alcohol level of 0.07 or higher were worse at completing problems that required attentional control but better at creative problem solving tests.

The bottom line is that we think being too focused can blind you to novel possibilities, and a broader, more flexible state of attention is needed for creative solutions to emerge,



6-7-Year-old children show improvements for test after having a drink of water.

By |2016-08-18T15:02:20+00:00August 18th, 2016|Categories: Healthy, Learning|Tags: , |

Little research has examined the effect of water consumption on cognition in children. We examined whether drinking water improves performance from baseline to test in twenty-three 6-7-year-old children. There were significant interactions between time of test and water group (water/no water), with improvements in the water group on thirst and happiness ratings, visual attention and visual search, but not visual memory or visuomotor performance. These results indicate that even under conditions of mild dehydration, not as a result of exercise, intentional water deprivation or heat exposure, children’s cognitive performance can be improved by having a drink of water.

source: Appetite. 2009 Dec;53(3):469-72. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2009.10.002. Epub 2009 Oct 14. “Does having a drink help you think? 6-7-Year-old children show improvements in cognitive performance from baseline to test after having a drink of water.” Edmonds CJ1, Jeffes B.